Eastfield College offers a two-year Social Work Generalist degree and the one year Social Work-Human Services Certificate. Both programs will prepare individuals to obtain employment as assistants to professional Social Workers and Counselors in a variety of social service organizations. Upon completion of the courses GERS 1304 and GERS 1307, students will be eligible for certification as a Nursing Home Activities Director.
In conjunction with the Virtual College of Texas, Eastfield College now offers a completely online certificate for those wishing to specialize in mental health & substance abuse prevention. This certificate is intended for those who posses a related counseling license, i.e. LPC, LCSW, but wish to specialize in the prevention of substance abuse & mental health disorders with high risk populations, or for those who intend to pursue the LCDC, but want to concentrate on prevention. All courses may be used towards an Associates in Substance Abuse or Social Work. This includes the creation of a new course * which focuses on the dual-diagnosis of substance abuse with depression & other related mental health disorders. The certificate requires the completion of 6 three-hour credit courses:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social & Human Service Assistants:
Assist professionals from a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, or social work, to provide client services, as well as support for families. May assist clients in identifying available benefits and social and community services and help clients obtain them. May assist social workers with developing, organizing, and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or adult daycare. Exclude "Rehabilitation Counselors" (21-1015), "Personal and Home Care Aides" (39-9021), "Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs" (43-4061), and "Psychiatric Technicians" (29-2053).
The Occupational Employment and Wages for Social & Human Service Assistants in the state of Texas, as of May 2005 are:
Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:
Wage RSE (3)
Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:
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Other related occupational employment & wages are:
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Community and Social Services Occupations
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Educational, Vocational, and School Counselors
Marriage and Family Therapists
Mental Health Counselors
Counselors, All Other
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Medical and Public Health Social Workers
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Social Workers, All Other
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Social and Human Service Assistants
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other
Higher levels of licensure in the state of Texas include the following:
Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) - a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited social work program and a passing score on the bachelor exam administered nationally by ASWB.
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) - a doctoral or master's degree in social work from a CSWE accredited social work program and a passing score on the master’s exam administered nationally by ASWB.
The state board no longer licenses individuals at the associate level. All students seeking state licensure must transfer to a 4 year college or university which with a baccalaureate program in social work accredited by the CSWE.
For more information on licensure & testing please see the Texas Department of State Health Services or contact:
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
Texas Department of State Health Services MC-1982
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3183, USA
Telephone: (512) 719-3521 or (800)232-3162
Fax: (512) 834-6677
Contact Program Coordinator Gloria Jackson at 972-860-7624 to request that information be mailed to you.